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Chinese Military Scholar Suggests Countering against the U.S. Mobile Military Presence

On February 3, 2012, Huanqiu (the Chinese edition of Global Times) published a commentary written by Han Xudong, a professor from China’s National Defense University, titled, “The U.S. Forces that Move Rapidly around the Globe Are a Major Threat to China.”  Han believes that the U.S. mobile military presence poses a long-term threat to China’s national security and suggested taking feasible measures to counter against the threat.

“Compared to the regular garrison during the Cold War, the U.S. mobile forces present a greater threat to our security. Now, it is not easy for us to judge what type of troops the U.S. will send out. The U.S. army may use any type of new weapon or equipment in China’s surrounding areas. The probability of friction or crises between the U.S. and the Chinese armies may increase. It is more and more likely that the U.S. military forces will take provocative action against us and it will be more and more difficult for our military forces to counter against the threat from the U.S. mobile forces. China is in the passive position of maintaining security while the United States has the option to take the initiative in terms of security.”

Source: Huanqiu, February 3, 2012